There is a widely held misconception that all Rieslings are super sweet. Most Riesling wines run sweet, especially lower-end ones, but dryer Rieslings are also available for those looking to try this multi-dimensional wine. The most notable flavors include apricot, peach, nectarine, pear, apple, pineapple and lemon. Its strong aromas range from honey, ginger and citrus blossom to petrol and rubber more commonly found in aged varieties. The profile of Riesling depends greatly on the growing region, so we recommend ordering several bottles from different regions to compare.
Despite its reputation as an easy wine for the less refined palate, some Rieslings are high sought-after by connoisseurs and winos. Late harvest Rieslings with noble rot are among the most expensive varieties, and the older, more aged Rieslings that give off a petrol, diesel or rubber aromas intrigue many experts. Before you dismiss Riesling as a lesser white wine, consider its variations and complex characteristics.
The sweetness, acidity and crispness of good Riesling wine balance out spicy food, so don't be afraid to spice things up. When you're craving some Thai takeout or looking for strong Indian spices, pair your meal with Riesling. This wine can certainly take – and cut – the heat. We recommend enjoying this wine with lighter meats, especially with a cayenne pepper element, soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. Add a side of roasted vegetables to round out your meal and bring out the unexpected from your bottle.
Whether you're looking for a young Riesling with fruity flavors or an aged variety with unique petrol aromas, browse our selection at Wine Chateau. We have varieties from around the world that may give you a new perspective on this white wine. Shop by the case to have enough for yourself and for gifts. If you end up keeping the whole case, we would never tell.